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Fugitive ScienceEmpiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture$
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Britt Rusert

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479885688

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479885688.001.0001

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Fugitive Science

Britt Rusert

NYU Press

The introduction lays out the historical and conceptual dimensions of fugitive science, a concept that emerges out of scholarship on fugitivity in African American studies as well as the theorization of empiricism and minor science in the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. It also chronicles the embeddedness of US racial science in networks of travel, writing, and scientific exchange across the Atlantic world. Finally, it illuminates the centrality of science writing in the antebellum black print sphere, while gesturing toward those forms of vernacular science that largely eluded the print archive.

Keywords:   empiricism, fugitivity, minor science, racial science, Atlantic, Deleuze, Guattari

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